Join Our Cellular Community
ASCB helps you excel at all stages of your scientific career through networking, professional development, meetings, journals, and leadership opportunities. When you become an ASCB member, you join 7,000+ fellow scientists in over 60 countries, all working to advance scientific discovery in cell biology.
The collective voice of ASCB advocates for:
- Increased funding for science
- Fair research assessment
- Increased diversity in the scientific workforce
- Other issues important to our members
Who Our Members Are
The American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) is proud to be the professional community for:
- Research scientists in academia and industry
- Postdoctoral fellows
- Educators (community college instructors)
- Graduate students
- Undergraduate students
Member Research Areas
Our membership is composed of scientists who study the biology of the cell; including but not limited to those who do research in the following areas:
- Cell Biology
- Molecular Biology
- Developmental Biology
- Cancer Biology
- Stem Cell Biology
- Quantitative Cell Biology
Meet Our Members
Learn more about some of our members and hear why they value being members of ASCB.
Heather Tinsley is a professor of Biology at the University of Montevallo. She values her ASCB membership.
What ASCB Membership Does for You
ASCB members can connect and collaborate in a variety of ways, all with shared goals of advancing the field of cell biology. With over 7,000 members in more than 60 countries, ASCB members work in a variety of settings, promoting research and teaching the next generation in institutions of higher education, government, industry, and public and private research institutions.
Membership in ASCB includes subscriptions to the ASCB Newsletter, the journals Molecular Biology of the Cell and CBE—Life Sciences Education, and the e-newsletters ASCB Pathways and ASCB Newsbrief. Other benefits include member discounts on annual meeting registration and poster abstract fees, professional development programs and recognition opportunities, and access to the online member directory.
When you join, you gain access to the following benefits:
- A Network of 7,000+ Scientists Who Share Your Research Interests
- Access to the membership directory
- Cash Discounts on ASCB and Affiliated Programs
- Member-Only Funding and Recognition
- Member-Exclusive Career Content
- Access to the ASCB Newsletter Digital Flipbook and ASCB Print Newsletter
- Access to the ASCB Mentor Match Program (find or be a mentor)
- Member-only on-demand webinars and recorded career sessions from past annual meetings to help you navigate your career
- One-on-one online CV review
- Workshops and special mentoring programs on topics from transitioning to biotech to engaging in active learning
- Leadership Opportunities
- Member volunteer opportunities to boost your CV, build your network, and make a difference
- Capitol Hill visits
- Opportunities to share your expertise
- Journal Access and Discounts
Some of the ways you can get involved with your cellular community as an ASCB member!
The following dues rates cover calendar year 2023.
Individuals working in cell biology or related fields.
Individuals who hold a PhD or equivalent degree or have equivalent experience, and are actively engaged in a training program. Postdoctoral membership status discontinues if not renewed and may be held for a maximum of five consecutive years.
Graduate Student Member
Individuals who are either doctoral candidates in good standing or working toward completion of a master’s degree.
Undergraduate Student Member
Individuals who are enrolled as undergraduates, or who received undergraduate degrees within the prior two years and are not in graduate school. Undergraduate membership is limited to six consecutive years.
Educators who are actively teaching full-time at a two-year institution that does not grant degrees higher than Associate level (community college, junior college) or high school
Regular Members in good standing who are retired from active employment, were Society members for at least 10 years, and have made a written request to the CEO.
ASCB offers reduced dues for residents of certain countries. Learn more about Low and Middle Income Countries Membership Dues Structure.
ASCB membership runs on a calendar year basis, expiring each December 31. Membership dues are nonrefundable.
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
“ASCB was the first scientific society I joined as a new PhD student, and I’ve been a proud member ever since. The Society creates a scientific community where I feel at home and find career support and exciting science year-round.”
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
“Between the colleagues, the camaraderie, the science, the social conscience, and the annual meeting, I deeply feel that the society provides a means to contribute to the scientific enterprise beyond one’s own laboratory.”
University of South Carolina
“What I really like about ASCB is the emphasis on professional development, grant writing, diversity, equity and inclusion, and mentoring.” “Mentoring very strongly comes to mind when I think of ASCB.”
Beata Edyta Mierzwa
Postdoctoral Researcher, Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research
“Being an ASCB member has been an excellent way for me to connect with the cell biology community, and has provided me with access to valuable resources. I love the idea of supporting a society that advocates for innovative scientific research, education, policy, and diversity.”